Medicinal plants create a dose of aromatherapy and powerful healing properties. The good thing is that you can easily plant these herbs in your kitchen garden, backyard, or even on the window sill. Home gardening doesn’t require plenty of space or skills and makes it easy to access plants that you can use to create your own natural herbal remedies. For centuries, healing herbs have been used to treat certain illnesses, and are still gaining traction in our modern world. Remember, not all herbs are medicinal and nothing provided in this post qualifies as a doctor’s advice. You should, therefore, be careful not to ingest herbs simply because they are natural remedies. Here are some healing herbs you can grow in your own garden.
Chamomile is highly useful to induce good and uninterrupted sleep, relieve stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also be used to treat stomach upset. All you have to do is steep fresh or dried chamomile flowers in tea and drink.
According to experts, there are varied types of chamomile and the best to grow is German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. German Chamomile is an annual plant which is bushy and grows to about two feet tall. It prefers well-draining soil, moderate watering, and good exposure to the sun.
Roman Chamomile is perennial and grows to about a foot tall.
Rosemary is an excellent addition to meats, poultry, and vegetables mainly because of its flavorful nature. This fragrant plant prefers soil that’s a bit dry, therefore, you should avoid overwatering them. It also requires full sun. Rosemary is more of a woody shrub and you can grow them in pots to form a beautiful and aromatic hedge around your garden. It’s known for its ability to boost memory, reduce brain aging, reduce inflammation and stimulate blood circulation.
Peppermint’s use dates back centuries ago, and its usage and popularity continue to grow. It has many benefits, including alleviating indigestion, colds, cramps, nausea, stomach upset, and diarrhea. It contains menthol, which gives it a unique flavor and sweet scent.
How to grow peppermint:
Mints are known to be quite invasive and it’s advisable to grow them in pots. Its stalk can grow up to three feet tall while its shallow runners can spread horizontally, at an equally fast rate. Since its flowers are sterile, you can’t grow mints from seeds. However, you can divide the roots if you want to increase your stock. Mints prefer well-drained soil and full sun. Since they thrive on their own, they can easily take over your entire garden. Therefore, you might need to dig the plants up every year to curb their spread. To use peppermint, pour boiling water into a cup containing two teaspoons of fresh or dried peppermint leaves.
Basil has many benefits such as reducing gas in the intestinal tract, lowering blood sugar, improving appetite, and treating nausea. You can also apply basil-infused water on scrapes, cuts and to fight pimples and insect stings. This usually neglected herb has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, which makes it a powerful medicinal herb. Basil is an aromatic herb that can be used to spice up your pasta, sandwiches, and pasta. Basil requires regular watering and is sensitive to frost (you will need to take the plant indoors during winter). If you want a bushy growth with bigger deep green leaves, pluck out the flower heads. You can harvest the leaves at any time, but for more flavor, harvest them when it has just started flowering.
Thyme is often brewed in teas (or in combination with other teas) and can also be gargled to soothe coughs and sore throat. It also aids in indigestion, gas, and in the treatment of wounds (due to thymol, a strong antiseptic that is in plentiful supply in thyme). It has also been used in traditional cooking as a meat seasoning. It’s loved by bees and grows into a compact bush with small leaves and flowers. Thyme is perennial and likes full sun and good drainage.
Lavender is one of the most common garden herbs and is loved for its floral fragrance. The scented flowers of lavender not only fill your compound with a rich aroma but can also be mixed in salads, used to bake cookies or brewed in teas. Similarly, due to the colorful flowers, lavender attracts a whole variety of insects, making your garden a sanctuary for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Used as a relaxant and pain reliever, lavender is also a great aid for headaches, menstrual pain, acne, and sunburn. No wonder it’s used in many beauty products. Lavender is more resilient and is best grown from clippings of a mature bush. This herb prefers drier soils, so you’d want to limit your watering sessions. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil.
Make your best pick and start creating your herbal garden gradually. Look for resources on how to maintain use them. You’ll enjoy the natural healing power of herbs from the comfort of your garden.
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